In Bed With Thieves and Murderers
By Cassandra D
...and that's putting it mildly.
If you didn't catch last night's "60 Minutes," there are some gut-wrenching segments worth seeing.
First you can watch a report on the U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority's having been so enamored of an exiled Iraqi who ran a pizza business and could speak English that they put him in charge of buying $1.2 billion in military equipment for the Iraqi Army. $800 million is missing, showing up here and there outside Iraq in the form of mansions and who-knows-what else, while the Iraqi Army got defective and old equipment. And the U.S. doesn't want to look stupid, so isn't helping nab the crooks, many of whom are or were in the Iraqi government.
Then you can hear about how our government is talking the talk but not walking the walk on the genocide in Darfur, in part because the government in Sudan once hosted Osama bin Laden and now gives us little tidbits of information about al Qaeda.
Both stories are sobering and frustrating. The first shows again the maddening incompetence and lack of oversight that have become so familiar to us all, and the second shows just how silent the we and the rest of the world have been in the face of repeating evil and terrible misery. Are we looking the other way while women are gang raped and entire villages murdered because we want the help of the genocidal murderers? Are we turning a blind eye in the pitiful hope that it will somehow ensure our own safety?